Colorado Avalanche Winger Steve Downie Out for Season With Torn ACL

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 23, 2013

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 14:  Steve Downie #27 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on March 14, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. The Avalanche defeated the Sabres 5-4 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Avalanche are reporting that winger Steve Downie will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The team shared the news via Twitter:

Steve Downie will undergo season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 23, 2013

Downie suffered the injury Tuesday night in a 3-1 win over the LA Kings. He underwent further tests on Wednesday that revealed the tear.

The 26-year-old will have season-ending surgery to repair the tear, though it hasn't been released when that will take place.

While it's expected that veteran Chuck Kobasew will take Downie's place in the lineup, it's being reported by the Denver Post's Adrian Dater (via Twitter) that the Avalanche will call up Brad Malone:

Steve Downie torn ACL, out for season. Brad Malone called up

— adater (@adater) January 23, 2013

Colorado had three other forwards miss practice on Wednesday, but it has since been reported that it was just a normal rest day, according to a separate report from Dater.

Downie—who spent the majority of his career as a backup—enjoyed a breakout season in 2011-12, notching 41 points in 75 games spent between Colorado and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is quite a blow to the Avalance, who are 1-1-0 on the young season. Downie's 27 assists and 41 points were fourth for the team last season, and he was expected to be a key contributor in 2012-13.

Thirty-year-old Chuck Kobasew is in his second season with the Avs. He registered 14 points in 58 games last season.

Meanwhile, this will mark Brad Malone's second callup with Colorado. The first came last season, in which he played in nine games with a pair of assists.

He was second on Lake Erie last season with 36 points, and has 14 points (six goals) with the Monsters in 2012-13.